If you are planning on receiving the vaccine, chances are that you like many people may feel excited yet concerned regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. The Covid-19 vaccine is safe and 95% effective, which means that getting the vaccine is your best chance against the virus.
However, before you receive the vaccine consider the following steps to be better prepared.
Educate yourself – Understand the type of vaccine you will receive and what are the most common side effects. You could speak to your doctor or visit reputable websites online to understand the facts about the vaccine.
Eat and rest – The night before you receive your vaccine, make sure you are well-rested, eaten well, and hydrated. Do not get the vaccine if you are hungry or thirsty on the day.
Schedule your booster shot – Both Pfizer and Moderna require a booster shot between 21-28 days apart. When you receive your first shot, you will be asked to schedule your second shot. Make certain that you can make this appointment as it is important not to cancel.
Side effects – You will be asked to wait for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine to monitor for any allergies. Additionally, you may experience mild to moderate symptoms approximately 8 hours after receiving the vaccine. These side effects can include injection site pain, body pains, chills, and a headache. Keep some over-the-counter pain relievers and some essentials ready to make sure you are comfortable and do not need to leave your home.
Keep your vaccine record card – Your vaccine card is essential to receive your booster shot and it will serve as proof that you have been vaccinated.
Francis Dunn is based in Miami, Florida. He has worked as a health entrepreneur for over two decades using the latest technology to transform patient experiences. Over the course of his career, Francis Dunn has been fortunate to work with three tech startups, launching 25 technology products. At DMDconnects, he worked on a team that delivered over a 900 percent growth rate by implementing a range of innovative business drivers for the organization.